Chaos reigned supreme at Stony Creek on Saturday in an incident reminiscent of the ‘Plugger Pig” moment at the SCG back in 1993.
This time it was a cheeky young kelpie dog that had the crowds in fits of laughter when it invaded the turf for five minutes and avoided all attempts to coax it off until Stony full back Andrew Logan tackled the mutt and held it high above his head while he took it from the ground. Earlier, one of the Stony trainers tried to use the match ball, with the permission of the umpires, to get the dog to come, but it wouldn’t. Others chased but to no avail. But as entertaining as the incident was, club officials believe it might have cost Stony Creek, and their two-pronged attack of Kael Bergles and Jacob Byrnes, the chance to go on a goal kicking spree as they took full charge of the match in the opening minutes of the last quarter. Up until that point, Stony Creek had dominated Toora, who seemed more intent on double-teaming and frustrating Stony‘s star forward Bergles than playing their usual game.
Stony held a 36-point lead at the last change but with three quick goals looked like running away to a big margin before the dog incident. Someone said the dog actually belonged to one of the Stony Creek players but he didn’t own up, and possibly aware the dog was hard to corner, didn’t put his hand up for the task.
But Stony looked the real deal in the match, having added strongly to their line-up after the DWWWW’s demise. All of those boys played well on the day. The arrival of Bergles in particular has given Jacob Byrnes a new lease of life and the pair are working really well together up forward and will be hard to curtail come finals time. The club also has a wealth of midfield talent to run through the centre as required. Jack Soroczynski, Cam McKenzie, Kael Bergles, Michael Milivojevic, Matija Sigeti and Andrew Logan (not just for catching the dog) were named best but. there were plenty of contributors.
Grant, Willder, Griffin, Manton, O’Sullivan and Dyson all continued on well from the previous week for Toora but Stony was just too good on the day.